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Excerpt from Solano County, California: The Land of Fruit, Grain and Money
Nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range on its Western bord er, and extending across broad acres of the most fertile land in bounteous California, till its Eastern confines are marked by the majestic Sacramento River, lies Solano County. It is, in part, in the Sacramento Valley, the great stream of Northern California break ing through Solano's hills in the onward rush of ages toward the sea, and thousands of its acres being in the vast area that has been a world's granary for years, its products going to all lands. A quarter of a million acres, nearly half Solano's area, is devoted to grain raising. The wheat grown here is the best milling wheat produced in the State. Thousands of cattle, horses and sheep graze on the upland pastures and marsh lands, and great industrial establish ments pay fortunes in wages annually, but the brightest gem in the diadem of resources and industries that marks the County's un questioned leadership is the fruit produced in its sheltered valleys, a product that has made the county famous far and wide. The first decidious fruit sold in the United States each year is grown in Solano County, where are several sequestered valleys, with gently rising slopes, sheltered by ranges of high hills that bar the egress of moisture laden clouds in one season and shut out the hot drying winds of another. Here the trees bloom in February and the fruit forms rapidly, ripening beneath the genial heat of the Spring sea son, which is really early summer. In early April the shipments begin and continue until late fall. The soil is unexcelled, even in California, for productiveness, and the fruit raised on the limitedarea is sold for millions of dollars annually, returning fortunes to the orchardists of this favored section. Citrus fruits are marketed here a month ahead of the Southern California products.
In the Eastern section of the county where the enterprise of man has wrested broad acres from overﬂow, is another fabulously rich section, the delta lands of the Sacramento River being noted for thei: productiveness. In addition, many large industrial establishments are located within the county, a great majority of the people being prosperous wage workers, whose yearly earnings, with the resources of the soil, the products of field, farm and factory, make a story of wealth and prosperity that seems incredible, the income. C the county from all sources exceeding the princely sum of Twenty Two Million dollars per year.
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publisher: Forgotten Books (April 30, 2017)
isbn: 0259103721, 978-0259103721,
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